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by Rhys Tanner

The dorsal surface of SCP-6013. Hover to enlarge.

Name: SCP-6013

Object Class: Safe Keter

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-6013 is to be surrounded at all times by a detachment of Foundation vessels in a 5-kilometer radius around its position. A mobile aquatic survey platform, hereafter referred to as Provisional Site-82, under the jurisdiction of NTF Tau-41 (“Hearts Alive”) is to be stationed directly above its position at 80.512735°N, 71.000751°E. In accordance with Incident 201 cleanup procedures, all civilian naval traffic is to be redirected under the pretense of a chemical spill.

Any personnel entering or leaving SCP-6013 must use Type B or higher environmental protections and receive daily physical and psychological assessments. All personnel working within the anomaly must complete repeated inspections as necessary to ensure the integrity of their suit PPE, air filtration units and closed oxygen supplies. The protective insulations of all Foundation assets within SCP-6013 must be similarly assessed and replaced as required. Consuming food or water within SCP-6013 is strictly prohibited.

Regular seafloor surveys are to be conducted hourly to monitor any changes in water temperature, oxygen content, infrasound emissions or seismic activity. Submersibles, ships and divers are not permitted to make contact with flora and fauna surrounding SCP-6013 without approval from site command or unless acting in self-defense. Constant communication is to be maintained with RTF Omicron-14 (“Brides of Ishtar”) while they are working within the anomaly. SCP-6013’s interior and RTF Omicron-14 (“Brides of Ishtar”) agent Hannah Langford, hereafter referred to as SCP-6013-A.

In its current state, SCP-6013 is inert and self-contained. It is incapable of doing direct harm to its surroundings or Foundation staff.

Description (Amended Effective 6013.RP.7-07): SCP-6013 is an intelligent Sarkic war leviathan resting at the bottom of the Kara Sea northeast of Arkhangelsk, Russia. SCP-6013 is surrounded on all sides by complex formations of coral and flesh that obscure it from view. The ship, its surrounding macrocyst,.An epithelial barrier that covers SCP-6013’s exterior surface.
root structure and resident fauna (collectively SCP-6013-B) cover an area of approximately nine square kilometers and weigh in excess of 138 million metric tons. SCP-6013’s “normal” body shape is intact except for a large breach in its dorsal surface..This breach is the point through which Foundation teams enter or exit SCP-6013. Only a small portion of the anomaly is exposed to the ocean, as most of its form is embedded in the Earth’s crust. Radiometric dating suggests that SCP-6013 is approximately three thousand years old.

SCP-6013 is bilaterally symmetrical, with a body shape similar to a cetacean or pinniped. Its exterior is covered in ossified plates that make it resistant to most forms of penetrative imaging technology, including sonar, X-rays, gamma radiation, positron bombardment and thermal imaging. LIDAR scans performed from inside SCP-6013 show that its interior is made up of multiple chambers of varying size and shape, separated from each other by tissue supports rich in metals and resident flora. The largest of these chambers is a ring-shaped corridor running the entire length of the body which connects to a circular space at the body’s center. SCP-6013-A has contained itself within this space, which it believes to be the “bridge” of SCP-6013..Site-82 field guides and security detail will refer to this chamber as the "pericardium."

The interior of SCP-6013 stays at a constant 41 degrees Celsius and a relative humidity of 100 percent. Plastics and metals decay rapidly within SCP-6013’s atmosphere, even if they are covered by laminates, redundant insulation and other protections. Class B environmental suits have an operational lifespan of approximately 480 240 120 75 35 hours under these conditions. Microplastics and fat-soluble metals in the tissues of living organisms also decay in this manner if a subject is exposed. Prolonged exposure (120 seconds or greater) dramatically increases a subject’s chances of spontaneous genomic restructuring, thaumatological contamination and introjective cognition. Any personnel exposed to SCP-6013’s atmosphere must be quarantined and assessed for excommunication as per Anathema Contingency guidelines.

A biolith fragment recovered during Rosetta Protocol Cycle 3-18.

There are many complex organic structures scattered throughout SCP-6013 that have atrophied or become inoperable by other means. Most are composed of an organic metamaterial with a color and consistency similar to volcanic glass. Spectrometric analysis suggests that this material (referred to as "biolith") is composed primarily of calcium carbonate, keratin and internal lattices of epithelial tissue. It is unclear what function these structures may have once served, or if they can be made to operate again. A small cluster of bioliths surrounding the pericardium appears to be the only part of SCP-6013 with functional components of this type.

Various parts of SCP-6013's body resemble the quarters of a warship of its time period, albeit constructed on a much larger scale. There are also various structures that resemble warships built centuries or even millennia later. An array of airflows and metallic deposits, now fully ossified, are thought to be the remnants of an organic turbine or engine assembly. Most of the smaller chambers of SCP-6013 have flooded or become otherwise inaccessible. SCP-6013-A claims that the interior of SCP-6013 is “locked” in its current configuration, but believes that its body is capable of radical restructuring under ideal conditions.

A formation of large organs beneath the pericardium (called the Valkkeukot, or “Shining Lungs”) contains a highly concentrated organic compound rich with bacterial, viral and parasitic infectious agents..The total volume of these organs is referred to hereafter as SCP-6013’s “pathogenic load.”
This compound is routinely sampled, extracted and incinerated in accordance with Anathema Contingency asset excommunication procedure. Attempts to decontaminate this compound automatically using the filtration systems of SCP-6013 have met with limited success. Assuming that extraction efforts remain entirely manual, SCP-6013’s pathogenic load will be fully neutralized in 11 years, 3 months and 25 days.

SCP-6013 has projected a sprawling network of visceral tube structures into the seafloor and the water surrounding it, using them to collect minerals, nutrients and oxygen with which it sustains itself. This network has grown far enough into the Earth’s crust to reach the Russian coastline and penetrate into the water tables of West Siberia and the Ob river basin, through which it is able to access the inland aquifers of most of continental Europe. These tubes are one half of SCP-6013’s primary weapon systems: they connect directly to the Shining Lungs, which, if commanded to fire, could distribute Sarkic biomass and pathogens across a wide area with significant speed. This eversive.Eversion is a process by which something turns inside out or forcefully ejects something from the inside of its body to the outside of its body. mechanism is believed to be SCP-6013's primary terraforming strategy.

SCP-6013 displays intelligence comparable to that of a human being. It has the capacity to lie, use figurative language and engage in discussions about ethics, morality and philosophy. SCP-6013 communicates using a variety of methods, including speech, gestures, pheromones, infrasound and a bioluminescent effect believed to be a form of telepathy, pictography or hypnotic suggestion. SCP-6013 has called itself by a variety of names: “Gräpaf Trypori7" (Harmony of Burrows), “Valkwarat” (Shining Sculptor) and, as of its bond with SCP-6013-A, “Batrav Nutäm” (believed to mean Pilot’s Hand). If prompted, SCP-6013 will refer to itself, SCP-6013-A and SCP-6013-B as "Raya," an honorific that describes all of the anomaly's collective biomass. Joining this mass is apparently an act of great religious significance to SCP-6013, and it has invited Foundation personnel to "converge" with it on multiple occasions.

For further details about SCP-6013’s communication methods, please reference the official Rosetta Protocol translation guidelines provided below.

Soonsaran: SCP-6013 speaks in a pidgin language called Soonsaran (believed to mean "vein words" or "gut words"). Some of its vocabulary is taken directly from Old Adytite, but many words are borrowed from English, Hittite, Greek, Russian, Tundra Nenets and Finnish, as well as new words constructed from components of these languages. Each word in Soonsaran corresponds to multiple possible definitions based on context, its position relative to other words and the structure of the sentence in which a given word appears. According to the Foundation's current models, one word in Soonsaran may correspond to anywhere between two and seven equivalent words in English.

Soonsaran's grammar is very simple: there are no articles, adverbs or pronouns, verbs have no tenses, and conjunctions and prepositions are implied with hyphens between words or glottal stops (written using the number 7), respectively. Nouns are pluralized in four ways (both, some, many or all) using a set of suffixes (ti, til, täo, tiäm). Some nouns are implied to have a plural form without any suffix (e.g. describing a group of people as “subject,” implying “subjects”)..During your translation work, pluralizations like these will be performed automatically, as will the conjugations of proper nouns and plural suffixes.
—Doctor Isaiah Kamski, Site Director
Certain phrases are expressed by joining multiple words in succession using apostrophes; for example, Soonsaran uses the phrase “see penetrate” (litca'siola) in place of “see through.” These serial phrases describe objects or concepts outside the scope of SCP-6013’s vocabulary. Sentences in Soonsaran retain the subject-object-verb syntax typical to Old Adytite. Sentences spoken in the language are transcribed phonetically because it has no known writing system.

Soonsaran forms only a fraction of SCP-6013's communicative capacity. Its pheremones, bioluminescence, gestures and other behaviors are still poorly understood. The "missing" components of Soonsaran speech (adverbs, articles, pronouns, tone, etc.) may be relayed using these methods; therefore, any transcript of words alone is inherently incomplete. For further details about SCP-6013's nonverbal modes of communication, refer to the Site-82 Biosemiotics Division Cipher Catalog.

Attached is a copy of Soonsaran and You: An Introduction to the Rosetta Protocol >>


An image from the descent voyage of Rosetta Protocol Cycle 4-100. SCP-6013's vascular structures are fully extended and luminescent.

SCP-6013-B: SCP-6013-B is a Sarkic microclimate that exists on the seabed surrounding SCP-6013. It is a diverse, active biotopography populated by plants and animals native to both the Arctic Circle and the Mediterranean Sea. Each organism has a heavily modified genome and set of functional mutations that allow it to better survive in the Kara Sea. SCP-6013-B has its own climate, food chains and evolutionary pressures, and the great diversity of specimens has made proper cataloging difficult. At present, SCP-6013-B instances seem unwilling or unable to leave the reef surrounding SCP-6013. Because of this, most of Site-82's anomalous flora and fauna are self-containing and require minimal attention.

The SCP-6013-B biosphere exhibits salinity, oxygen content, pH ranges and microbial concentrations that are lethal to all non-extremophile forms of aquatic life. The water surrounding SCP-6013-B retains an average temperature of 37 degrees Celsius and is rich in amino acids, electrolytes and organic compounds typically produced in the metabolic and excretory processes of animals, such as urea, ammonia, lactic acid and other such waste products. Craft operating in these conditions must be redundantly insulated to slow the corrosive effects of continuous exposure. Relative density and water pressure contain these compounds below a depth of 513 meters, clearly delineating the point at which the Kara Sea ends and SCP-6013-B begins..Site-82 department procedures may variously refer to this delineation as the "Volatile Operational Depth," "Point of Contact" or "Suzuhara-Messener Boundary."

Instances of SCP-6013-B have extraordinarily high rates of bacterial and parasitic infection, but very few of the detrimental health effects that would be expected for such conditions. Individual instances often make dramatic transitions between body shapes, diets, reproductive behaviors and other such qualities throughout their lives. Lifespans also vary greatly; SCP-6013-B1 and B2, for example, are estimated to be nearly a thousand years old, while other specimens have lifespans ranging from months to hours. Dead or dying 6013-B instances are often immediately consumed or reincorporated into the surrounding reef structure; any attempts to study one in isolation must therefore make use of still-living samples.

SCP-6013 Research Logs

Retroactive Classification of SCP-6013-A rescinded in accordance with Personal Preference Mandate 6013.3505.HL.

ID *****-3505 already at SCP-6013 direct contact limit.
Total duration of direct contact: 167 hours, 59 minutes, 4 seconds.
To preserve ID *****-3505 cognition integrity, the following privileges have been restricted:

SCP-6013 and SCP-6013-A Direct Contact: INELIGIBLE
SCP-6013 and SCP-6013-A Security Detail: INELIGIBLE
SCP-6013-B Live Specimen Study: INELIGIBLE
Anathema Contingecy Asset Excommunication: INELIGIBLE
SCP-6013-A Telecommunication: INELIGIBLE by Site Command Executive Mandate 6013.A.7790

ID *****-3505 granted partial executive access in compliance with Cycle 1 Rosetta Protocol Contact Duration Affidavit.

Rosetta Protocol Transcript Access and Study: ELIGIBLE

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